Peaceful Protest of the Day: Around 40,000 people gathered in musical protest today in Oslo, Norway, near the court building where Anders Breivik is on trial for a deadly spree that killed 77. The crowd sang the 1970s song “Children of the Rainbow,” which praises multiculturalism and which Breivik has called “Marxist propaganda.”
The gathering occurred on the same day that survivors of Breivik’s July 2011 attacks offered harrowing testimony, including a young woman who described how she had survived his bombing of government offices.
Anne Helene Lund, 24, said she had been working at a reception desk when Breivik parked a big white van outside and lit a seven-minute bomb fuse. Lunde suffered head and brain injuries and her legs were crushed; she was cut all over and still has glass shards stuck in her body. “The head injury I got caused me to fall into a coma, and as a consequence I don’t remember anything from that day, and very little from 2011,” Lund said.
“She was labeled ‘miracle girl,’” her father said, “because the doctors said it was almost impossible to survive something like this.”